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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Grant allows Fire Department to better prepare residents

A fire can spark without warning and being prepared can mean the difference of a minor flame, or loss of property and even life. That’s the message the City of Minot Fire Department is spreading as they can now offer realistic fire extinguisher training. Thanks to a $5,000 grant provided by the Hess Corporation and an $8,000 grant

provided by Minot Area Community Foundation, the City of Minot Fire Department can safely train groups within the general public on the techniques needed to extinguish a

flame.


"Residents are that first line of defense for fires," says City of Minot Fire Chief, Kelli

Flermoen. "If everyone knows how to operate the right tools and extinguish the small

fires, everyone can benefit."


The new system is known as BullEx, a digital fire extinguisher training system.

“It's really quite realistic," says City of Minot Fire Marshal, Brian Andersen. The small, portable system is designed to function exactly like an active fire, with tools

that function like a fire extinguisher.


“It works like a video game,” says Andersen. “The animated flames are life-like and the artificial smoke can fill a room. It's great we managed to receive the funds to have this

handy for the community."


The $5,000 made available by the Hess Corporation is part of a corporate effort to give back to various communities.


“We are glad to assist the Minot Fire Department with their fire prevention training, by helping to purchase this fire extinguisher training simulator,” Brent Lohnes, Hess

Corporation, General Manager North Dakota Asset. “As a leading energy company in North Dakota, we are always looking for the best ways to be safe while doing our jobs,

and to help our communities become safer places for people to live.”


The remainder of the bill for the new public education system was made possible by a generous donation from MACF.


“The Community Foundation is happy to partner with businesses like the Hess Corporation in providing grants for things that will make our community safer,” says Ken Kitzman, Minot Area Community Foundation. “Knowing that there are great community partners in Minot makes it that much easier to make a difference in improving the quality of life in the Minot area.”


Groups within the community are encouraged to contact the Fire Marshal, Brian Andersen, to set up potential training seminars. His office is in Fire Station #1, and he

can be reached at 701-857-4740 or brian.andersen@minotnd.org

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